The most commonly used maps are those on smartphones and they don’t always accurately represent the world as it is, says Mark Monmonier, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography and the Environment.
Michael Barkun, professor emeritus of political science, says internet forums and social media platforms have served as mass media outlets without gatekeepers. They allow unconventional ideas to quickly become mainstream. "Now anyone with an idea, no matter how bizarre, has a way of potentially getting it in front of fairly large audiences," he says. "That has eroded what was once a firm boundary between the fringe and the mainstream."